North Cross School

4254 Colonial Avenue
Roanoke, VA 24018
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North Cross School Photo #1 - Students at North Cross pursue a variety of interests, from champion athletics teams to drama, STEM to Global Studies, all set in a beautiful campus with passionate, dedicated teachers to guide them.
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  • You want them to be in an environment where it is comfortable, gives them a place to study and rest, and one that introduces them to social opportunities to enrich their academic experience. North Cross School's dedication to college preparation and the excellence of its truly unique boarding program may be exactly what you're looking for.

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Definition of Terms
 | 2020 School Data
North Cross SchoolBoarding School Avg.
School FocusCollege PrepCollege Preparatory
Grades Offered (Boarding)8-127-12
Grades Offered (Day)Pre-K-125-12
School TypeCo-edCo-ed
ADD/ADHD SupportYesYes
Supports Learning Differences (LD)YesYes
Religious AffiliationNon-denominationalNon-denominational
Year Founded19441907
Campus Size77 acres125 acres

Student Body

Enrollment528 students306 students
% Students of Color
25%
24%
% International Students
13%
20%
% Students Boarding
13%
70%
Average SAT Score1244* National Avg. »View
Offers Post-Grad YearNoNo

Academics and Faculty

Saturday ClassesNoNo
Classroom Dress CodeCasual
(uniform for formal dress days)
Casual
Average Class Size12 students12
*National School Avg. » 20
Teacher : Student Ratio8:11:7
# of AP / Advanced Courses Offered1918
ESL Courses OfferedNoYes
% Faculty with Advanced Degree
91%
70%
Summer Program OfferedYesYes

Finances

Yearly Tuition
(Boarding Students)
$43,450$58,500
Yearly Tuition
(Day Students)
n/a$30,500
% Students on Financial Aid
32%
38%
Merit Scholarships OfferedYesNo

Admission

Application DeadlineNone / RollingJan. 15
SSAT RequiredNoYes
Director of AdmissionsDavid Lake
Associate Director of AdmissionsMatthew Gilliland

Course Listings

List of Courses OfferedLink to List of Courses

AP / Advanced Courses

# of AP / Advanced Courses Offered1918
CoursesBiology, Calculus AB, Calculus BC, Chemistry, Comparative Government and Politics, Computer Science A, English Literature and Composition, French Language and Culture, Human Geography, Latin, Physics 1, Spanish Language and Culture, Spanish Literature and Culture, Statistics, Studio Art 2-D, United States History, World History

Sports

# Interscholastic Sports Offered1615
SportsBaseball, Basketball, Cross Country, Cross Country Running, Field Hockey, Football, Golf, Ice Hockey, Lacrosse, Soccer, Swimming, Swimming and Diving, Tennis, Track, Track and Field, Volleyball

Extracurriculars

Total Extracurricular Organizations1524
ExtracurricularsClub or Organization:
American Red Cross Club, Coding Team, Cycling Club, Debate Team, Environmental Action Group, Guitar Club, Harvard Model United Nations, Internships, Newspaper, Robotics Club, Save the Next Girl chapter, Ski Club, Student Council, Tutoring Club, Yearbook

College Matriculation

Year: 10 Most Popular College Choices  (# Enrolled)
Link to Matriculation Data

School Notes

  • North Cross School has an exceptional reputation with colleges and universities as an excellent college preparatory school, competing with the finest schools in the Commonwealth of Virginia. 
  • For all we offer, we are also priced very competitively and should absolutely be considered by students and families searching for an exceptional educational experience to fully prepare students for success at the next level. With an experienced faculty and an 8:1 student:teacher ratio, our classes are energetic, fast paced, and rigorous. 
  • After the academic day closes, most North Cross students remain on campus to compete in our competitive athletic programs, practice for plays and musical performances, write for our publications, and volunteer in the area. It is a full day and students learn not only to manage their time, but also to make the most of it.
  • For those considering North Cross School's boarding program, our school and area have a lot to offer. The best of city life coupled with a stunning rural setting makes Roanoke a unique experience for visitors and students alike. The Roanoke Valley (located 250 miles southwest of Washington, D.C., and 196 miles north of Charlotte, North Carolina) hosts many festivals, cultural events, and entertainment opportunities, all within a short distance from our campus. These features coupled with its proximity to the Appalachian Trail makes it a city with something for everyone.
  • There are plenty of parks and walkable greenways within the city, connecting it to its surrounding neighborhoods.The regional airport is located just a short drive from the downtown and the Greyhound bus lines are conveniently dispatched from a depot within walking distance to the dorm. Also within walking distance is Amtrak's passenger rail service to D.C. and beyond. Transportation to and from the dorm is offered by the school-about a ten-minute drive away.
  • The on-site faculty advisors allow students to have continuity, added support, and they also help to ease the transition into boarding life. In addition, the dorm houses and employs a residential director who makes herself available to students for academic, social and emotional support. Every night during the school week, students have an open-door study hall in their room from 7:30 until 9:30 during which time they can complete their assignments and reach out for help if needed. 
  • Students have parameters for their free time set in place by their guardians and are required to sign in and out of the dormitory, have their own secure entrance to the building, and enjoy on-site dining facilities.  Students eat their dinners and weekend brunch in the dorm's sun-drenched dining hall. The seasoned chef prepares fresh meals daily in the professional-grade kitchen, and takes requests for future offerings. For breakfast and lunch on the weekdays, students eat on the North Cross campus.
  • If you're looking for a fantastic educational experience, an exceptional place to live, eat, and explore, North Cross School might be just the right place.  Reach out to talk and tour - learn more about "the More" at North Cross School.  We believe you'll be glad you did!
  • LD types supported: Through CrossWalk, diagnosed LD, through grade 12
  • North Cross School accreditations: Virginia Association of Independent Schools (VAIS)
  • Sample of notable school alumni/alumnae:
    • Will Dichtel ’96 - MacArthur Fellow, Guggenheim Fellow, Northwestern University chemist who helped pioneer the development of porous polymers known as covalent organic frameworks.
    • Liza Mundy ’78 - New York Times Best selling biographer of Michelle Obama, her most recent book "Code Girls: The Untold Story of the American Women Code Breakers of World War II is a national best-seller.

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